Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Voting Records

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic
Issue Category

Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Vote
2/27/02 S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail
Amendment Not Tabled - Senate (46 - 51)
Nay
2/26/02 S Amdt 2937 Allowing Signatures for Voter Registration by Mail
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
2/13/02 HR 2646 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
Bill Passed - Senate (58 - 40)
Yea
12/18/01 HR 1 No Child Left Behind Act
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (87 - 10)
Yea
12/13/01 S 1438 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
12/07/01 HR 2944 District of Columbia FY2002 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (79 - 20)
Yea
12/07/01 S Amdt 2336 International Courts Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (78 - 21)
Yea
12/04/01 HR 2299 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (97 - 2)
Yea
11/15/01 HR 2330 Agriculture FY2002 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (92 - 7)
Yea
11/15/01 HR 2500 Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State Appropriations, FY 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
11/08/01 HR 2620 Veterans Affairs and HUD Appropriations Act of 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (87 - 7)
Yea
11/06/01 HR 3061 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act, 2002
Bill Passed - Senate (89 - 10)
Yea
11/01/01 HR 2311 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (96 - 2)
Yea
11/01/01 HR 2590 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (83 - 15)
Yea
10/25/01 HR 3162 USA Patriot Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (98 - 1)
Yea
10/17/01 HR 2217 Interior Department Appropriations for FY 2002
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (95 - 3)
Yea
9/21/01 S 1447 Federalize Aviation Security bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
9/21/01 S 1450 Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
9/14/01 S J Res 23 Military Force Authorization
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (98 - 0)
Yea
6/29/01 S 1052 Patients' Bill of Rights
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 36)
Yea
5/26/01 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (58 - 33)
Did Not Vote
5/23/01 HR 1836 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (62 - 38)
Nay
5/10/01 H Con Res 83 Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Resolution
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (53 - 47)
Nay
4/02/01 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 41)
Yea
3/27/01 S 625 Hate Crimes Bill
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/26/01 S Amdt 145 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 46)
Yea
3/21/01 S Amdt 134 Campaign Reform Act - Union Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (69 - 31)
Yea
3/20/01 S Amdt 115 Campaign Reform Act of 2001 Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 30)
Yea
3/19/01 S 565 Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
3/06/01 S J Res 6 Ergonomics Regulations Resolution
Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (56 - 44)
Nay
2/01/01 PN 107 John Ashcroft, Attorney General
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (58 - 42)
Nay
1/30/01 PN 96 Gale Ann Norton, Secretary of the Interior
Nomination Confirmed - Senate (75 - 24)
Nay
1/22/01 S 27 Campaign Reform Act of 2001
None - Senate
Co-sponsor
10/25/00 HR 4811 Foreign Operations FY 2001 Appropriations bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (65 - 27)
Yea
10/03/00 S 2045 American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act, 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (96 - 1)
Yea
9/19/00 HR 4444 U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (83 - 15)
Yea
9/13/00 S Amdt 4132 China Nonproliferation Act
Amendment Tabled - Senate (65 - 32)
Yea
7/21/00 HR 4810 Marriage Tax Relief Bill
Conference Report Adopted - Senate (60 - 34)
Did Not Vote
7/14/00 HR 8 Estate Tax Elimination Act of 2000
Bill Passed - Senate (59 - 39)
Nay
7/13/00 S Amdt 3821 Estate Tax Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (46 - 53)
Yea
6/29/00 HR 4762 '527' Political Groups
Bill Passed - Senate (92 - 6)
Yea
6/29/00 S Amdt 3689 Social Security and Medicare Surplus Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (54 - 43)
Nay
6/29/00 S Amdt 3690 Off-budget Lockbox Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (60 - 37)
Yea
6/29/00 S Amdt 3694 Health Care Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (51 - 47)
Nay
6/28/00 S Amdt 3655 Funding for Special Education Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (51 - 47)
Yea
6/22/00 S Amdt 3598 Outpatient Prescription Drugs Amendment
Amendment Rejected - Senate (44 - 53)
Yea
6/20/00 S Amdt 3252 Military Abortions Amendment
Amendment Tabled - Senate (50 - 49)
Nay
6/20/00 S Amdt 3473 Hate Crimes Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (57 - 42)
Yea
5/18/00 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment
Amendment Adopted - Senate (53 - 47)
Yea
5/17/00 S Amdt 3154 Troop Withdrawal from Kosovo Amendment
None - Senate
Co-sponsor

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